After many months spent adjusting to life in the midst of a pandemic, it makes sense that we’re more eager than ever to get back to our “normal” lives. So what will our “new normal” look like?
As quarantines and event cancellations continue, the signs are that a full return to pre-pandemic life just won’t be possible.
Here are 5 ways life might change for Canadians:
1. We may see a change in our consumer behaviour
Canadians usually shop for clothes in a bricks-and-mortar store haven’t missed doing so since the outbreak began. And that means that those who may have been skeptical about online shopping pre-pandemic may realize it’s not so bad after all and continue to shop online even after restrictions on retail store re-openings have been fully lifted.
2. We may change the way we think about our children’s education
The pandemic has helped to highlight an important benefit of in-person education: it helps kids interact with their peers and develop confidence in a way that online learning can’t. In a post-pandemic world, we may see school boards begin to prioritize socializing and play alongside academic education since we’ve been reminded of just how important these activities are for healthy development.
3. We may dine out less than we did before
Takeaway dining may increase substantially as people who weren’t comfortable or familiar with food-delivery services pre-pandemic may now continue to lean on these convenient options even after life returns to “normal.” Plus, even after restrictions have been lifted, many people may be hesitant to stay in public for long periods of time.
4. We may spend more time outdoors
Now that we’ve spent more time than ever cooped up at home, many people are craving a return to nature that we might not have prioritized pre-pandemic. As provincial and national parks begin to reopen across the country, more people may begin to venture to these inexpensive and social-distancing friendly options to enjoy a bit of green space or go for a walk, hike or bike ride.
5. We may see an increase in the number of people working from home
Pre-pandemic, many employers were skeptical about the idea of their employees working from home. Will they be as productive? Can virtual software replace in-person meetings without added hassle? Can company morale still be cultivated from afar? But the pandemic has seemed to squash many of these concerns as companies begin to explore the idea of reducing real estate costs without sacrificing productivity.
If one thing is certain, it’s that this pandemic has forced us to adapt and reassess in ways we may have never had to – and even though our “new” normal might not look like our “old” one – it’s sure to bring with it some positive changes.
- What will ‘normal’ look like in a post-COVID-19 Ottawa? Ottawa Citizen
- Top 5 things to do as Canada takes baby steps towards a new normal National Post
- It’s Not Children’s Education We Should Worry About, It’s Their Mental Health Forbes
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